With the season coming to an end, the question on everybody's mind is: Who will be the eighth seed in the Western Conference?
At this point, we can all but count out the Dallas Mavericks. However, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz are in a tight race.
Utah owns the tiebreaker against L.A., and with two of its final four games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, nobody should be surprised if it sneaks in when it's all said and done.
If there's one other thing to note about this series, it's that the San Antonio Spurs are no shoe-in for the No. 1 spot. The Oklahoma City Thunder are making a strong case for first place, and an injured Tony Parker and an injured Manu Ginobili won't help San Antonio's cause.
That being said, the Spurs are deep, and Gregg Popovich knows how to utilize that depth. This team has six players averaging double digits and a backup point guard in Gary Neal posting nine points per contest.
Nothing is guaranteed in the Wild Wild West, but if San Antonio can lock up first, it has a chance to begin another deep run with a convincing first round.
Prediction: San Antonio advances (4-0)